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Justice Department ARRESTS and charges senior Treasury official for LEAKING!
The Justice Department has arrested a senior Treasury department official accused of leaking highly-sensitive financial reports to a reporter looking into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s overseas dealings as well as transactions involving the Russian embassy.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was charged with disclosing suspicious activity reports, known as SARs, to an unidentified reporter beginning in October 2017, authorities said.
The substance of those reports — which focused on Manafort, his former business partner Rick Gates, the Russian Embassy, alleged Russian spy Maria Butina and the Prevezon Alexander real estate company — were later detailed in roughly 12 articles that based on a search were all published by Buzzfeed, according to court documents.
Treasury inspector general launches probe into possible leak of Michael Cohen’s banking records
The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating whether confidential banking information involving a company controlled by President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was leaked, a spokesman said.
Detailed claims about the company’s banking history were made public Tuesday by Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who was paid $130,000 by Cohen’s company shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.
Inspector General Eric Thorson, who operates independently of the agency’s political leadership, launched the probe in response to media reports...
On Twitter, Avenatti circulated a dossier purporting to show that Cohen received $500,000 last year from Columbus Nova, the U.S.-based affiliate of Renova Group...
In an interview, Avenatti declined to reveal the source of his information.
“The source or sources of our information is our work product and nobody’s business,” Avenatti said. “They can investigate all they want, but what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account. Why are they hiding this information?”
The files were allegedly saved to a folder on the flash drive with the file path "Debacle/Emails/Asshat."